BOULDER, Colo. –
IBM plans to lay off about 5,000 workers Thursday, including an unknown number of employees at the north Boulder campus, according to the Wall Street Journal and a union representing IBM workers.
Alliance@IBM, a communications labor organization, posted an “offshoring alert” on its Web site Wednesday that said the locations affected would be Hartford, Conn., and Boulder. About 2,800 people are currently employed at the Boulder site.
The alert did not say how many jobs would be lost at either site, but did say Global Technology Services would be hardest hit. That division is one of the main focuses of the Boulder campus.
The post on the union’s Web site quoted a letter from The Hartford insurance company regarding its business with IBM.
“Starting next week several Hartford delivery teams will be working directly with fellow IBM team members from India. … Please ensure you and your teams actively support this effort,” the letter on the site read.
Representatives from the union did not return a request for comment Wednesday night.
The Wall Street Journal also cited an anonymous source familiar with the situation, saying, “The latest round of cuts target the company’s global business-services unit, which does everything from running corporate data centers to managing human resources for clients like Proctor and Gamble.”
A spokesman for the Boulder IBM campus could not be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.
IBM has not filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice with Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment, spokesman Bill Thoennes said. The WARN Act requires companies to give states notice of significant layoffs.
IBM is said to be in talks to purchase Sun Microsystems, according to several published reports. Sun has a significant presence in Broomfield County, although that company has also been hit with heavy layoffs.